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March 11, 2011 > Local 7th graders recognized for outstanding CPR outreach

Local 7th graders recognized for outstanding CPR outreach

Submitted By Jamie Hintzke

Two 7th graders were recognized at a UC Berkeley Women's Basketball game on February 26 at Haas Pavilion. These two students exhibited motivation and skills above and beyond the average level of community outreach. Wilson Hoang who attends Alvarado Middle School in Union City trained 96 people in CPR and Winnie Chen of Sunol Glen Elementary in Sunol trained 51 people.

Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty commented, "I'd like to congratulate each of the 7th grade students who are being recognized for training family and friends in the skill of CPR. These two extraordinary 7th graders are a true testament of what young people can do when empowered. Their efforts will make a significant impact on the cardiac arrest survival rate in Alameda County."

Alameda County Health Care Services Agency kicked off the CPR 7 program in November 2010, which provided Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training to 9,500 seventh grade students throughout the County, facilitated by their classroom teachers. The ultimate goal is to provide 15,000 seventh graders with life-saving CPR skills this school year. A CPR Anytime Kit developed by the American Heart Association provides seventh grade students with hands-on experience and the skill set to transfer that knowledge to others. To date, 30 middle schools in Alameda County have participated in the program to train friends and family members.

"I'm proud that our students are training others in this vital, life-saving procedure," said Supervisor Nadia Lockyer. "Kids look up to older kids, so the training done by these students is having an incredible impact. Research done by the American Heart Association suggests that communities with a high number of people trained in CPR have increased the cardiac arrest survival rate by as much as 30 percent."

Also during the evening, Junction Avenue K-8 School in Livermore was announced as the school that did the best community CPR outreach. Seventy 7th graders trained 470 people.

For background on the CPR7 program, see the article, "Empowering Students to Save Lives," which appeared in the December 28, 2010 issue of the Tri-City Voice Newspaper, www.tricityvoice.com.

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